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  1. f.webster

    Letting Down Power of BIG Springs

    The springs have been let down. After letting the clock run for two days I got tired of waiting and removed the verge and let the power down. When the power appeared down, I checked the end shake of the gears and found that one side still had power. I wound the opposite side just a little and...
  2. f.webster

    Cleaning a painted dial ?

    It has been suggested that I try a product is used to polish the paint on show cars. Mirror Glaze? any experience using polishes?
  3. f.webster

    Cleaning a painted dial ?

    I have a dial that is painted on a metal pan. There are some signs of rust here and there where there are through holes. I was thinking of treating that rust with a q-tip and some Rust-b-Gone. My question is about how to best (safely) clean this painted dial. It appears to have oily soot on it...
  4. f.webster

    Letting Down Power of BIG Springs

    For a let-down tool I was going to use an old brace. Its chuck will handle the square of the winding arbor. BTW: This time clock requires a #23 key. My let-down tools go up to #12. I have a winding "T" to wind this clock. I like your idea Alan Wolff and when the clock stops, I will give it a...
  5. f.webster

    Letting Down Power of BIG Springs

    Taking all the advice ... and some reasoning of my own, here is what I am doing to handle those springs. First I built a support/test stand so that I can work on this BIG spring movement. Next I went to the hardware store and found what I think will be strong enough wire to hold the springs so...
  6. f.webster

    French Clock - What do you call it?

    I don't see any indication that there was another name on this porcelain dial. Do you suspect that it was (accidently or on purpose) cleaned off? The "a Paris" appears to be part of the dial. Now I wonder: maybe these clock's dials were fabricated this way so that a vender's name could be added...
  7. f.webster

    French Clock - What do you call it?

    Here is a French clock...I guess. I am at a loss as to what to call it. Is it a torch, an urn, a club? What do you call it?
  8. f.webster

    Letting Down Power of BIG Springs

    I have a spring winder; however, without clamps, I don't see that it can be used. I have a brace that will secure to the winding arbors. My reason for wanting to let down the power is so that I can separate the plates and do needed bushing works. The posts that prevent the springs from...
  9. f.webster

    Self-Winding Clocks Display

    Chapter 35 did a great job putting together a display on "Self-Winding Clocks".
  10. f.webster

    Self-winding Clock Display

    Chapter 35 did a great job putting together a display on "Self-Winding Clocks". Check out and like the video:
  11. f.webster

    Letting Down Power of BIG Springs

    Thanks for the tip. Your suggestion sounds safer than using a old coat hanger. Next trip to the hardware store will get "fencing wire". Preparation
  12. f.webster

    Letting Down Power of BIG Springs

    I have been restoring a International Time Recording Co. time clock. The case is nearly finished and now I have begun work on the time and time recording mechanisms. The time mechanism is a time only powered by two (2) BIG springs. I need to let the power down so that I can do the bushing work...
  13. f.webster

    International Time Recording Company

    So here is an up-date on this project: First, I found an original ITR dial ! It was in a box of bevel glass at a fellow clock restorer's shop. The dial was in good shape and the still on the original pan. While removing the time and stamping mechanisms, I found a key on a fob. I was told that...
  14. f.webster

    Unknown movement? What is it?

    Do you think it is a self-winding movement? Or maybe a slave unit?
  15. f.webster

    Help ID Ansonia movement to determine mainspring size

    I have been working to restore an Ansonia Cabinet no. 37. In the process, I have determined that the main springs should me replaced (kinks and pits). Measuring the spring that I found in the movement (11.0 x .25 x 72" loop end), I am not sure they are the correct springs. I do find in the...
  16. f.webster

    Small Ansonia Tambour ?

    Thanks all ! I think I know what clock this is and will begin the project of restoration.
  17. f.webster

    Small Ansonia Tambour ?

    The Tran’s Ansonia book I have is copyrighted 1989 and has no tambours in the cabinet clock section. Even checked to see if there were pages missing. Front wind or different movement and dial?
  18. f.webster

    Herschede Two weight nine tube

    "How to Repair Herschede Tubular Bell Clocks, Expanded Second Edition" by Steven G. Conover. Chapter 10, "Two-Weight Tubular Bell"
  19. f.webster

    Small Ansonia Tambour ?

    Here is a small Ansonia tambour project I am beginning. At the beginning of any project, a proper introduction is nice. I have looked in the Ansonia book I have and didn't see any tambours (things that make you go hmmmm). This makes me suspect the word "Ansonia" on the dial. Is it like others I...
  20. f.webster

    What would you do?

    Ansonia wall (hanging) clocks often have a stabilizer on the bottom (lower part) of the case. Although it would require an additional anchor (hole) in the wall, maybe that is the solution if this clock is going to be around for a while. Chime Time: I have used the pencil mark on several clocks...

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